Published on April 21st, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Kia SOUL next generation to arrive in Malaysia
The 1st generation SOUL was scheduled to arrive in Malaysia early last year but when news of the 6-speed version was on its way, Naza Kia deferred its launch here and now with the latest version ready for sale with a 6-speed gearbox and revised looks on the exterior and interior, lookout for its launch here soon. The Kia SOUL is fine-tuned for 2012 with a significant number of technology and powertrain enhancements to deliver more power and improved fuel efficiency but only one version will be sold in Malaysia, the petrol 6-speed. A new six-speed gearbox is mated to a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. This engine produces 160HP, a 13 percent increase from the previous engine, and 194Nm of torque. In addition to the 2012 SOUL’s performance upgrades, the new model also introduces a number of significant design improvements. On the outside, Kia SOUL is freshened with new projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, a redesigned hood and new front and rear bumpers. New and modern LED rear light clusters enhance the Kia SOUL’s unique design, while the overall shape of the vehicle has been finessed to give SOUL a smoother and more streamlined silhouette. This SOUL envelopes its passengers within a more high-tech, futuristic cabin for 2012, featuring a generous blend of technologies at tremendous overall value. New for 2012, an Infinity premium audio system is available on SOUL+ models and standard on SOUL! and SOUL sport models for a more robust listening experience. Also new for 2012 is the UVO powered by Microsoft® in-car hands-free communication and infotainment system. A Premium Package is also available with heated front seats, leather seat trim, automatic climate control, and a navigation system among its upscale comforts.